A tough negotiator who knows when to fight a case The Legal 500 UK 2021
An “incredibly clever” litigator who has “always had great instincts.” Chambers HNW 2020
Very bright, has good instincts and works incredibly hard Chambers 2020
Extraordinarily good litigator Chambers HNW 2019
When he has emotional clients he’s able to keep a calm ship and steer them through any stormy waters Chambers HNW 2018
Always has the clients’ best interests at heart Chambers 2018
Brilliant, calm and quietly confident Legal 500 2017
Alex is a founding partner at Hughes Fowler Carruthers. He specialises in complex divorce and financial work and children’s work, in particular in international cases. His clients are high net worth individuals with complex legal issues including trusts and jurisdictional disputes.
Alex helped set up the Young Solicitors Family Law Association in 1998. He is a member of Resolution, the International Bar Association and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Alex is a qualified mediator and collaborative lawyer and is featured in Spear’s Family Law Index’s ‘Top Recommended Family Lawyers’ list.
He is a trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau and a regular commentator and speaker on family law.
Alex continues to be highly commended in the leading legal directories for his expertise. He is ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2020 and is recognised as a “very bright” lawyer who “has good instincts and works incredibly hard”. Chambers HNW 2020 reconfirms Alex’s Band 1 ranking, and recognises him as “an incredibly clever” litigator with particular expertise in complex high net worth divorce cases involving multi-jurisdictional financial arrangements. The guide further adds Alex has “always had great instincts” and notes: “You can do business with him and get things sorted, and he knows the parameters of what is a sensible settlement and what is not.” Alex is also ranked Band 1 in Chambers HNW 2019 and described as an “extraordinarily good litigator” and someone who is “sharp as a knife and has the best eye for how a case works”. Chambers UK 2019 commended him as “sublime” and “able to keep a calm ship and steer emotional clients through any stormy waters”.
The Legal 500 UK 2021 reconfirms Alex’s ranking as a ‘Leading Individual’ and describes him as a “highly respected” lawyer and “a tough negotiator who knows when to fight a case”. The Legal 500 UK 2020 recognises Alex as a ‘Leading Individual’ and describes him as a “highly regarded” lawyer who “does a brilliant job with tricky clients and is very good at keeping on top of details on complex cases”.
Alex’s interests include bridge. He studied science at Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor in 1994. He practised at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, first as a solicitor and then (from 1999) as a partner until the inception of Hughes Fowler Carruthers in 2001.
The Legal 500 UK 2019 reconfirmed Alex’s ranking as a ‘Leading Individual’, regarding him as “calm and reassuring” and remarked that he “never gets flustered and always gets it right”.
Chambers HNW 2018 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking, describing him as “hugely bright”, adding: “When he has emotional clients he’s able to keep a calm ship and steer them through any stormy waters”.
Chambers 2018 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking, noting that he “always has the clients’ best interests at heart” and is “always sensible when you are trying to resolve something”.
Chambers HNW 2017 confirmed Alex’s Band 1 status, describing him as “a real authority in the area” with “an incredibly reassuring manner”, who “takes no prisoners”.
Chambers 2017 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking and described him as a “very astute tactician” who is “outstanding in every aspect”.
Chambers HNW 2016 Alex Carruthers “did me a superb service”, enthuses one client. He specialises in advising and representing international and domestic clients on matters relating to sophisticated financial arrangements. “He has a really good breadth of knowledge of complex property tax issues and unusual jurisdictional points”, says a source, adding: “He is a creative thinker and an out and out litigator, that’s his main strength. He is always incredibly calm and unflappable. He is a good, solid, safe pair of hands”. Another observer says: “He is a very good negotiator and understands the family and the consequences for children’s law”.
Chambers 2016 confirmed his Band 1 ranking again. Alex has a “really good breadth of knowledge, provides a superb service and is measured, calm and has the ability to see round corners”.
Chambers 2015 rated Alex as “one of the leading lights in the family law arena”.
Legal 500 2017 reconfirmed his position as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing him as “outstanding” and “brilliant, calm and quietly confident”.
Legal 500 2016 reconfirmed his position as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing him as “excellent”.
Legal 500 2015 confirmed his position as a ‘Leading Individual’ again. It states that Alex “can see around corners”.
Legal 500 2014 stated that he is “highly able: a modern lawyer at the top of his game”.
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